Adrian Dortch and his sister Daphne had a pretty rocky start on season 13 of "The Biggest Loser." The very first night they were sent home from the ranch and given one month to lose 50 pounds and regain a chance to come back on the show. They succeeded in the challenge, but were not greeted with open arms by the other players, who were caught by surprise when they returned. Adrian in particular, who has a very boisterous personality and refuses to be pushed around, did not click with his teammates. So it was no surprise to anyone when he was eliminated as soon as the other competitors got a chance to vote for him. In a recent conference call interview he talked about his brief time on the ranch and what he's learned from the experience.
Adrian Dortch Won't Trash Talk His Teammates
Many of Dortch's fellow teammates accused him of cheating the scales his first week on the ranch and playing the game to prolong his life in the contest. But Adrian whole-heartedly denied any wrongdoing. They were also offended by his bravado, and frankly intmidated by his success at home. And while they continually called him out, he would not comment negatively, even after the fact in an interview. Instead he stated, "'The Biggest Loser' franchise is awesome. Yes, there was a lot of weird stuff that happened on the ranch, but I would not change my experience. Whatever doesn't break you makes you stronger, and I truly have become stronger because of the experience."
His teammates constantly asked him to talk less and listen more, and many viewers wondered why he did not oblige, just to stay on the ranch a little longer. He explained, "One thing I learned early on in life is be who you are. People are going to like you or not. And the one thing that I stuck to my guns is Adrian is the same person at home that he was on the show.
Dortch continued, "On that show, everybody, despite how they were to me, I was nice to them. I didn't bad talk them. I didn't talk down to them. I didn't belittle them… I never said anything negative about anybody. So when they say. 'Pull back,' it's like you telling a child to be seen and not heard. I'm 34 years old… 'The Biggest Loser' is a show that you're supposed to encourage one another. You're supposed to promote the wellbeing of each other, and that's what I did regardless of my teammates being mad or upset with me. I never said anything bad about them."
Adrian Dortch Wouldn't Back Down to Pressure
But still, fans couldn't help but wonder if he shot himself in the foot a bit by not backing down and going along to get along for a chance to win the big prize. He responded, "As far as winning, I've already won. I've already lost 100 pounds - actually 140 to date… This show is about getting your life back and adding on years. For me I'm going to win because I'm going to lose enough weight where I'm going to be this guy walking my daughter down the aisle. To see my other child being born."
He told a story of a stranger who stopped him on the street and asked what he enjoys doing do now that he could not do before. He replied, "I'm a simple man. I'm able to 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' with my daughter now. I'm a winner. I can do that with my daughter. That is the stuff that I went on the show to do, to be able to play with my daughter. To be able to not be out of wind when I'm running. Just get this weight off of me. And that's what it was about for me and that's what it's still about to this day."
Dortch admitted he did consider toning it down for the sake of the game, but reconsidered immediately. He proclaimed, "I realized if I relaxed, I wouldn't be doing anything. I wouldn't be working out. I wouldn't be who I am. And the whole reason behind 'The Biggest Loser' and being part of this show is take time for yourself and figure out who you are and how you got to this place where you're so big. And if I ran away from Adrian in that show or on 'The Biggest Loser' or on the ranch, I would be running away from everything 'The Biggest Loser' promotes - individualism and getting yourself together and getting the weight off of you and stop using anybody else as an excuse to why you're so big. So if I had backed away from who I was, I was showing up to the ranch bound to fail."
Adrian Dortch Write a Letter to his Sister: Let the Confetti Fall on Your Head
Dortch knew he was on the chopping block going into the elimination room. He recalled, "I figured either Roy or myself would be somebody that would be eliminated. But Roy being there longer, I just knew it was me. I actually wrote a letter to my sister before we even went into the weigh in just in case there was a chance that I was eliminated."
He acknowledged that he had not had a great relationship with his sister before coming to the ranch and part of why they took the journey was to bond more. He divulged, "This experience had brought us together to lose weight, to save each other lives. The one thing I wrote into my sister's letter was the same thing that she told me at the beginning. I said, 'I know you wanted this for me. I know you wanted me to be 'The Biggest Loser.' But you know in my absence and me not being here, I want to let you know that I thank not only this show but this time that we have to get so much closer to each other. Thank you for being my big sister. Thanks for being there for me. I love you. And when that confetti falls, let it fall on your head. Thank you so much for believing in your little brother. I love you, and don't let them see you cry.'"
Adrian Dortch: There's More Pressure At Home
So now Dortch is home and losing weight, once again, on his own. His new goal is to take the $100,000 at home prize, the ultimate revenge against his teammates. But he reminded fans, "I have a pretty good chance, but I already feel like I'm a winner. There's so many people that waited in line to even be on this show. There is so many people that would never get a chance to walk in 'The Biggest Loser' ranch and have Dr. H. and Dolvett and Bob and all of this great team to help you and support you to lose weight. I don't regret a day on the ranch. And I take every day away from the ranch and utilize it at home and it continually propels me to lose this weight. I'm so excited to see how I'm going to look at finale."
But he added, "It's more pressure off the ranch than being on the ranch. Upon getting home, I'm seeing how many people are so supportive of my sister and I... And I don't want to let them down. I don't want to let myself down."
Some people he doesn't want to let down for sure are his family members. He recounted looking at his wedding photo recently and shared the feeling she had for his wife. "One thing I know for a fact, that my wife is beautiful and she loves me. Because I look at those pictures and I was like, 'She loves me the same today that she did when we first got married.' And I was really big. It's kind of scary. I look at that picture often on the mantle when I wake up in the morning just to remind myself, 'Do not go back there. You're worth it. And not only that your family's cheering for you and you just want to be here. Life is beautiful. It's a beautiful day here, and you wouldn't be able to experience it if you're not here yourself.' I just thank 'The Biggest Loser' for just encouraging me to help me to get this weight off."
Dortch also wanted to impart to people who want to shed pounds the most important lesson he learned from his time on the show. "Everything that you need to lose weight is already inside of you. You just need to get off your backside and become dedicated and just lose that weight. It's easier said than done. I know. I'm doing it every day. But in the same breath, it's your life… And nobody's going to give you extra years if you don't give them to yourself, and that's what this weight loss journey is about is being here for not only yourself but the people that love you."
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